Birmingham sport clubs are taking part in a BBC sports kit project, with the aim to give all children in the city a chance to play a sport.
The Reclaim Sport kit collection campaign is part of the BBC’s Get Inspired project. The aim is to collect as much unwanted sports kit as possible. The collections will go towards children in Birmingham who currently don’t currently have access to it.
Rio Olympics and Paralympics stars have taken part in the campaign to encourage all people of Birmingham to take part and donate.
Birmingham’s Olympic medal winning sprinter Katharine Merry said:
“This is a brilliant idea which everyone in the city can be part of and help lots of local children get active. We all have sports equipment and gear that we no longer use! I hope the idea will be picked up on a national scale once everyone has seen how successful it is in Birmingham.”
A number of organisations in Birmingham have set up the collection bins and are looking forward to receive the donations.
Matthew Corp the Chairman of Beechcroft Multi-Sport Community Club who has worked as a sports coach for over 10 years said:
“I have seen so much in schools and clubs where children do not have use of the proper equipment for sport especially in the more deprived areas of the city. We have so much equipment just sitting in the shed which can be used for good with this campaign.
I am very proud for myself and my sports club to be part of helping putting smiles on more children in Birmingham and maybe helping find the next British success in sport.”
People can donate in a number of clubs, including Highgate United Football Club.
Director of the club Jimmy Merry said:
“We decided to get involved to help people who are less fortunate than ourselves. We have had a few items dropped off already and I am sure we will get some more.”
If you would like to donate, here is a full list of all the collection points in the city. They are accepting donations throughout the month until the 30th of November.